The beauty of video games is that they have the outstanding function of bringing together people from all walks of life.
In days gone by, you’d have to have your friends and family members over to your house for a session on the console, with multiplayer games often a free-for-all with screens split into two or even four. It was fun, but not always the most appropriate way to play!
Thanks to advancements in technology we can play any game, against anybody, almost anywhere, and the global broadband network has undoubtedly been a positive thing for the gaming industry.
Of course, the point remains that there are still some cities out there that are better for gamers to live in than others, so if you fancy a change of scene then perhaps you should consider some of the options listed below.
Seongnam-Si, South Korea
You may already be aware of the fact, but South Korea is one of the finest countries on the planet as far as gaming is concerned.
Why? Well, that’s an easy question to answer: it is home to the fastest internet speeds anywhere on earth.
South Korea is the only country where the average internet speed exceeds 25Mbps, and the government has confirmed that they are aiming for 10 Gig internet by the year 2022.
Seongnam is a city famed for its electronics and gaming production, and of course it is home to the annual Seongnam World Game Festival, where developers and enthusiasts from all four corners of the globe meet to try beta versions of the best upcoming releases and generally interact with like-minded folk.
Located just south of South Korea’s capital and the birthplace of eSports, Seoul, Seongnam is also home to the Pangyo Techno Valley, an industrial complex that is widely regarded as the Silicon Valley of Asia. If you work in IT, web design or biotechnology, you will not be short of career opportunities.
Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
You probably already know Las Vegas as the home of another type of gaming: namely, those offered inside casinos such as roulette, blackjack and slots. If you enjoy placing a wager or two in your spare time then Sin City is naturally a good place to live, although thanks to modern tech you can try Online Gambling for Real Money wherever you want by firing up an online casino, where literally hundreds of games are waiting to be explored and where bonuses and promotions are not in short supply.
But the real reason Las Vegas makes this list is for one rather important fact: it is home to more video game stores per square mile than any other city in the US.
Okay, scratch that, to be completely accurate it’s a mantle it shares with Seattle and San Diego, but Vegas has so much going for in terms of leisure and recreation – and who doesn’t love leisure & rec!? – it would be impossible to leave it off this list given its status as one of the finest gaming resorts on the planet.
Los Angeles, California (USA)
Forget Silicon Valley: the most exciting hub for new games production in the US can be found in Silicon Beach, Los Angeles.
Many of the leading development firms around have set up home in this swanky suburb of LA, including Electronic Arts, while a host of other tech powerhouses can be found in the district: Google, YouTube, Facebook, Sony and, ahem, MySpace.
Silicon Beach also plays host to the E3 conference each year, where you can sample the hottest games before they even hit the shelves.
On a similar note, did you know that London is home to more games production companies than any other city on the planet?
There are more than 100 software firms in the English capital, including Criterion Games (responsible for Need for Speed and Star War: Battlefront), King London (Candy Crush Saga) and Rebellion (Alien vs Predator, Sniper Elite), plus a whole bunch of indie companies.
If you are an aspiring games designer, producer or animator, or are looking for a new company with which to showcase your skills, packing your bags and heading for the Big Smoke might be a smart move.
Malmo or Stockholm, Sweden
These two Swedish cities might hundreds of miles apart, but both offer a positive and welcome environment for gamers – not to mention some of the fastest broadband speeds around, which is perfect for online gamers.
Malmo, in the south, is home to one of the country’s most prominent IT hubs, which has attracted hundreds of jobs to the area as well as a number of production companies and game houses including Massive Entertainment. The Final Tribe – one of the most feared eSports teams in the world – also call Malmo home.
Stockholm, meanwhile, is where outfits such as Mojang (Minecraft) base themselves, and if you are a fan of video game history then you will love the Stockholm Spelmuseum, the iconic games museum where you can play titles from throughout the ages.
From the US to Asia and Europe, there are plenty of different places where gamers will feel right at home. Get planning your next visit today!